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Does your child have issues with penmanship?

Could it be dysgraphia? Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder of written expression that impairs writing ability and fine motor skills. Dysgraphia refers to a specific set of writing challenges.

Trouble expressing yourself in writing isn’t part of dysgraphia.

One of the main signs of dysgraphia is messy handwriting.

These students may struggle with:

  • Forming letters

  • Spacing letters correctly on the page

  • Writing in a straight line

  • Making letters the correct size

  • Holding paper with one hand while writing with the other

  • Holding and controlling a pencil or other writing tool

  • Putting the right amount of pressure on the paper with a writing tool

  • Maintaining the right arm position and posture for writing

Because writing requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills, saying a student has dysgraphia is not sufficient. A student with disorders in written expression will benefit from specific accommodations in the learning environment, as well as additional practice learning the skills required to be an accomplished writer.

If your child has issues with handwriting, some OT may help.

Occupational therapy helps with:

  • fine motor skills (small-muscle movements made with the hands, fingers, and toes, such as grasping)

  • visual-perceptual skills

  • cognitive (thinking) skills

  • sensory-processing problems

You can also work on strengthening hand muscles needed to write more proficiently. Please read the article below about an activity that could help:

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